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Dilip Kumar

Cuttack: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in Orissa High Court seeking CBI investigation into the death of young engineer Amrut Das of Kujanga in Jagatsingpur district.

The Bharatiya Bikash Parishad has filed the petition making Union Ministry of Home Affairs, State Department of Home, CBI, Odisha DGP, Jagatsinghpur SP and Kujanga Sub-divisional Police Police Officer (SDPO) parties in the case.

The family members of the slain engineer, who have been alleging the death of Das as a case of murder, had requested the Bharatiya Bikash Parishad to file a PIL for CBI inquiry.

The body of Amruta Das of Kujang was found lying on Cuttack-Paradip State Highway at Balipatna near Tirtol on July 20, 2019.

Police investigation had revealed that Das’ death was due to a road accident. However, the family members had rubbished the police claim and alleged that Das was brutally murdered while police tried to dispose the matter by terming the incident as a case of accident under pressure from influential politicians.

"We ran from pillar to post for justice, but to no avail. We had also written to 147 MLAs to take the matter seriously. But, they all turned mute to our request as Minister of State (Home) Captain Divyashankar Mishra and BJD MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak are shielding the accused involved in the murder. We had requested the Bharatiya Bikash Parishad to file a petition in the High Court. We want CBI investigation into the death of my brother," said Subrat, brother of deceased Amrut Das.

Subrat along with his mother had attempted self-immolation in front of the Odisha Assembly on 28 November last year alleging denial of justice. They had alleged that police had not conducted the investigation properly under pressure from BJD Minister and MLA.

Amrut’s mother had earlier filed a petition in Kujang JMFC which subsequently directed the police to investigate the case. Sub-divisional police officer, Tirtol had conducted a thorough inquiry which found no evidence of murder. The SDPO had also submitted the inquiry report in the court, sources said.

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